THE STORY OF JESUS: 1 Samuel 8-11
“Listen to them and give them a king.” (1 Samuel 8:21)
Someone once said, ‘be careful what you ask for, you just might get it!’
Not everything we ask for from God is good for us.
Sometimes God says ‘no’, but here we see God giving them what they want.
And time will prove Samuel’s warnings correct (1 Samuel 8:10-18).
God created us to be partners, not puppets (Genesis 1:26-28).
The problem is that this allows us the freedom to make foolish choices.
Who or what have we surrendered ourselves to, that now hold us bondage?
Insisting on what we want may feel good in the moment, but it cannot last.
Without God as our leader, we become slaves to lesser things that ruin us.
God sends Jesus to reclaim our hearts, to offer us a way back to Him.
He meets us in our folly by giving us the king we need, not the king we want.
Jesus breaks free from Satan’s grip, and restores God’s authority on earth.
But we must still choose; we are partners not puppets.
He is waiting for us to ask Him to be our king, the kind of king we really need!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, thank You for being the king we need. Your leadership is good, even though it goes against what my foolish heart wants. I choose You as my king!